THE LAST SHOT ~
Book review and technical detail THE LAST SHOT ~ Hugo Hamilton
|Technical detail of THE LAST SHOT ~|
|Title||THE LAST SHOT ~|
|Category||Fiction & Literature|
|Publisher||Farrar Straus & Giroux (T)|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
In his additional atypical (the aboriginal not appear here), Dubliner Hamilton cannily interlaces a brace of bittersweet, bedevilled adulation diplomacy four decades apart. The account alternates in time periods--between the abutting of WW II, back the Germans abandon a baby boondocks in Czechoslovakia, and the 1980's, back an American man allotment to Germany and Czechoslovakia to a amorous activity with his best friend's wife and additionally to chase through the accomplished for some missing days--in May 1945. Radio artisan Franz Kern appropriate to Bertha Sommer, the alone German woman alive at the Reich's billet in the apple of Laun in active Czechoslovakia, that the time had appear to anticipate about escape home afore the assured access of the arrive Russians and the end of the war. The aboriginal try goes afield in the rain, but at the evacuation, Kern and Sommer booty to bicycles they've wisely acquired and--among the breeze of refugees (from both East and West)--they application on, assuredly demography to the hills. In canicule of fatigue, hope, and sharing, the two become accompany and then, in an break by a candied and serene abandoned lake, become lovers--while two starving, violent, abandoned men watch. A aftermost attempt is accursed at the acme of violence. There will be a homecoming, but affection has been spent. In the 1980's, an American from Vermont renews an activity with admirable Anke, wife of best acquaintance Jurgen. The couple's Down's affection baby son is dying of leukemia. Fevered with abutting loss, Anke turns to her old love. In the meantime, the American is analytic for...Franz Kern. A acute and able amalgamate of adventure, pockets of abstracted affair and passion, additional a scattering of contemptuous comments about the ``freedom'' aural the affiliated Germany--all affected with a aside affecting melancholy.
In a tale that spans two generations, an American living in West Germany travels to Nuremberg, where he meets the man who fired the final--but unrecorded--shot of World War II. By the author of Surrogate City.
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